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More departures from the Sun newsroom, including Sessa, Siegel, and Kilar

July 27, 2013

65206_10101533647739488_2080383628_nWe recently reported that sports columnist Kevin Cowherd and staff photographer Gene Sweeney were taking buyouts and leaving the Sun. We’ve since learned about 6 more staffers that have either already left or announced their departure from the paper.

Entertainment editor Sam Sessa (pictured, with Poe), who oversees the Sun‘s weekly, b, announced on Facebook that he was leaving his position for one at Towson University-based NPR affiliate WTMD: “After nine years (counting the intern semester), I’m leaving the Sun to become the Baltimore Music Director at WTMD. I’m sad to leave the paper, but excited to join the crew at WTMD.”

Late yesterday, Dave Hughes reported on his local media site about five additional departures, including metro reporter Andrea Siegel, business reporter Steve Kilar, who Hughes says will become communications director for the Arizona chapter of the ACLU, reporter Candy Thomson, metro editor Steve Gould, who Hughes says is going back to school at the University Of Maryland, and op-ed editor Michael Cross-Barnet, who is apparently also returning to school.

Buyouts are “position eliminations,” so the already depleted staff will definitely lose two positions, and Hughes suggests the paper may permanently lose most or all of the eight vacated positions in further downsizing: “The Sun already has a number of vacancies and is not expected to fill many of these eight slots, we hear.”